Show Full Directory Path in Mac OS X Finder Window Title Bars

Dec 2, 2007 - 35 Comments

Show the full path in Finder title bars

The geekier amongst us and those familiar with Unix should really like this trick. You can have Mac OS X display the full directory path in the Finder window title bar by issuing a simple command from the Terminal.

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES
Then you’ll want to kill the Finder for changes to take effect:
killall Finder

To disable the full path title bars and revert back to the default, simply repeat the command with NO instead of YES as the operator:
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool NO
killall Finder

This works with any version of OS X beyond 10.5, including 10.6, 10.7, and (apparently) 10.8.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in 10.5, Command Line, Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. kg says:

    Sadly, it has no effect in 10.4.

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  3. jhm says:

    Thanks*10^6!

  4. calvin says:

    This worked, but caused an intended side effect.

    My iTunes library lives on an external drive connected to an Airport Extreme.

    With full-directory paths displayed, the external drive could be seen but would not fully mount. iTunes would not work, and I could not see the directories on that external drive from Finder.

    Thankfully the author included instructions for how to reverse the process. Things went back to normal immediately.

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  8. Kevin says:

    You just made my day :) Im an newly Mac convert and I missed this from the Windows world.

  9. Ista says:

    Um, if you want to see the full path, why don’t you just enable it in the view menu?

  10. doctor says:

    now that is cool

    But is there a way to edit that path live in the title bar????

  11. Joey D says:

    Nice. Thanks a lot it saves me time.

  12. S. Biswas says:

    Not working in 10.4

  13. Claus Larsen says:

    Nice tip, but I am missing one thing in my title bar, the share name.
    I connect to a lot of Linux boxes which has the same directory setup and share names, and without the share name in the title, it is not easy to identify which server I am on.
    Any ideas?

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  15. Jim says:

    It does put something in the title bar but the path doesn’t seem to change as I navigate in finder. :(

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  17. dan says:

    works on 10.5.7

  18. dan says:

    works on 10.5.7

  19. bobbers says:

    this did not work on my laptop
    would this be because i dont have the ability to read/write on some folders ?

  20. Alex says:

    Less than great…. (osx 10.6.3)
    Dont take me wrong: it is good to know where you are when moving between those windows.
    My rant is against “the apple” that makes certain things so not user-friendly (so much for usability)…
    This option should be available right away by default… and and have an easy “copy path to clipboard” …yeah, you can drop the file or folder somewhere and it displays the path but hey, I’m keyboard oriented, so what ?

  21. Mr.IO says:

    Works beautifully. @Alex: it took me one hit to find it, that’s user friendly enough for a keyboard oriented user.

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  23. alan says:

    Thanks! No finder restart required for this to take effect. OS X 10.6.5

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  25. jji7skyline says:

    Just to tell you it also works in 10.7 (aka Lion)

  26. Omar Borjas says:

    Niiceeee!!! Rock On!!

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  30. Sheena says:

    Great. Works well. Will also note about iTunes when using Airport also from the comment/feedback.

  31. hf says:

    But I want to be able to paste in a directory and go there too!

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  33. Andrew says:

    Works in Mavericks 10.9

    • ben ciriacks says:

      This all reminds me why, back in 1977, I made the decision to begin personal computer operations with the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I versus what Apple was offering. I had tried to upload a video that iMovie had taken an hour to convert to a format that then was not recognized at YouTube. Well, trying the reverse, I could not find the original pre-conversion video that YouTube would recognize because I didn’t know how to navigate the hard drive to get to it AND SEE its file extension to know that it was kosher for YouTube. C’est Lavie.

      Is there a DOS equivalent book out there that has all this stuff in it? (I’m sure it’s on the FREE FOR THE TAKING shelf of any public library that used to have users who used it.)

  34. Miz Akita says:

    Thanks… 10.9.2

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